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Where are the promised Canadian Peacekeepers?

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  • Where are the promised Canadian Peacekeepers?

    Seems, that to keep peace, you have to put soldiers lives at risk. Don't expect Canada to send any peace keeprs to anywhere, where they are actually needed, any time soon, following this:

    In the deadliest single attack on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in recent memory, rebels in eastern Congo killed at least 14 peacekeepers and wounded 53 others in an assault on their base that was launched at nightfall and went on for hours.

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed "outrage and utter heartbreak" and called the attack a war crime, urging Congolese authorities to swiftly investigate.

    Canada has been discussing peacekeeping contribution ideas with the United Nations for months, but sources tell CBC News many of the proposals Ottawa has presented aren't considered by the UN to be operational priorities — or even necessary.

    The latest talks are being held just weeks before Canada hosts an international peacekeeping summit and more than a year after Ottawa first pledged up to 600 Canadian Armed Forces personnel and 150 police officers toward global peace operations.

    But with the conference looming, even the UN isn't clear on how the country will contribute.

    ''It would be very awkward for anyone to host a ministerial meeting on peacekeeping without having made a real contribution to peacekeeping,'' said one UN official, who spoke to CBC News on condition of anonymity.

  • #2
    Trudeau's promises are like pie crust, meant to be broken.
    Gone............................and very quickly forgotten may I add.


    • #3
      Trudy can't decide, and Butts won't tell him.
      Animals are my passion.


      • #4
        Another country the UN considers a priority is Mali — but the peacekeeping operation there has the highest-number of fatalities of any current peacekeeping mission, a growing terrorist threat and a peace accord that the country is struggling to implement, which makes it an unattractive option for decision-makers in Ottawa.
        Thing is, there isn't much point to saying that Canada needs to do peacekeeping, if you're going to back out of certain locales due to the risk of casualties. Obviously, if a place is in need of peacekeeping, it's because there is the potential for violence over there, and people are likely to get killed. So saying our soldiers shouldn't be sent to places where they might be in danger is like saying firefighters shouldn't go to places where they might get burned.
        Last edited by overoceans; 09-12-2017, 10:55 AM.


        • #5
          ^i think there is this liberal myth of Canadian peacekeeping, that countries all over the world will see the Canadian soldiers and sing Kumbia and everyone will be happy.

          We see the same nonesense in Trudeau’s trade negotiations, he thinks he can tell other countries how their labor or gender laws should be, that everyone everywhere in the world wants to live in a Canadian society. While I certainly prefer Canada to anywhere else, it’s not a message other government leaders want to hear, that Canada is here to change their backwards ways, so the deals just aren’t happening to everyone’s detriment.

          The sad reality is that peacekeeping is dangerous business, there is no need to keep peace when there is no conflict. And while we want to avoid all the danger, so that nice photo ops can be taken with Canadian soldiers helping little kids in other countries, other countries are actually putting their soldiers at risk to make a difference. There is a lack of courage being shown, all because of the fear of a political backlash on the left if there are bodybags - but you have to stand up if you want to make the world a better place as opposed to just preaching about it. That’s what our soldiers train for, to put their lives on the line for us, and for people elsewhere, I think we should look for valued opportunities to let them do that, even if it means some sad situations will occur like these peacekeepers in Congo - they are hero’s for their sacrifice, while our soldiers look on unable to help / use their training to make a real difference.
          Last edited by moahunter; 09-12-2017, 11:06 AM.


          • #6
            Pretty much agree with everything you've written, moa, but one small point...

            "There is a lack of courage being shown, all because of the fear of a political backlash on the left if there are bodybags"

            I don't think it is only the left who would complain about bodybags. Actually, left-wingers are probably less likely to complain about dead Canadian soldiers, and more likely to complain about dead third-world people, soldiers or otherwise.